MISSION STATEMENT

STATEMENT OF FAITH

After almost 40 years of what Saundra refers to as her “wilderness wanderings”, she became a child of God on November 13, 1998. Saundra’s “wild days” that were devoid of a father figure caused her to try to fill the God shaped hole in her heart in any manner possible. These behaviors often left her in a worse state of mind. By the time she was 25 she had had multiple abortions.

One of Saundra’s favorite phrases is “But God…” But God had never forgotten her. She met a godly man at her job and they were married in 1986. Saundra and her husband Kevin moved from NYC to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in 1990. Three years later they welcomed their first son and two years after that their second son was born. They decided that homeschooling their sons was best for their family and Saundra homeschooled their sons through high school.

When Saundra made her profession of faith in 1998, it was at their current home church, Cornerstone Community Church in Kunkletown, PA. During the years since then, the entire family has served faithfully in one capacity or another. Saundra was a children’s Sunday School teacher for over 17 years, a Children’s Church volunteer, Vacation Bible School coordinator, Women’s Ministry leader and Bible teacher.

The seed of God’s plan for Saundra to speak to women was planted while attending a Women of Faith Conference in Philadelphia early in her Christian walk. It took a few years before the seed began to sprout as she learned more and grew in her faith. Saundra was surprised by an invitation from the Women’s Ministry leader at the time to speak at an upcoming event on Friendship. From that humble beginning other invitations came from her home church, followed by requests to speak at other churches and events in the area.

Saundra believes that God’s plan for her is to help women fully embrace and accept the love God has for them. No matter what their circumstances, but especially post abortive women who often feel the weight of shame, guilt and unworthiness that abortion can bring.

When women understand how God sees them through the sacrifice of Jesus, they will be empowered to stand in their uniqueness, comprehend their worth, and except the unconditional, and all encompassing perfect love of the Creator of the Universe! Saundra's goal is for women to know that they know their Abba Father loves them and that is sufficient! 

Saundra has wholeheartedly embraced God's word in Romans 8:1-2 and John 8:36 -

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death."

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."

I believe that the entire Bible, all 66 books, from Genesis to Revelation is the inerrant and inspired Word of God.

I believe 2 Timothy 3:16, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness"

I believe John 14:6, Jesus Christ is "the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through (Him)."​

I believe 1 Timothy 1:15, "Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst."

I believe 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies."

I believe John 4:24, "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."

I believe 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;  the old has gone, the new has come!"

I believe Romans 4:25, "He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."

I believe 1 Corinthians 15:4, "That He (Jesus) was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures."

I believe Ephesians 6:12, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

I believe John 3:16-18, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."

But God had planted another seed in Saundra’s heart. Recognizing that God never wastes a hurt, she always knew that God wanted to use her abortion experiences for His glory by ministering to other women. In 2018 Saundra began Peer Counseling Training at the Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos and also completed the “Forgiven and Set Free” Bible study for post abortive women. She continues to volunteer at the PRCP weekly as a peer counselor and an after abortion Bible study facilitator.

Visit the “Event Topics” page to hear or view samples of past presentations and "OuttaTheWoodsIntoTheLight" to hear her testimony that was given at the 2018 Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos' annual fundraising banquet.

I grew up in New York City. I’ve “hit” every borough- born in Queens, raised in Brooklyn, high schooled in The Bronx, lived and worked in Manhattan, attended college and lived in Staten Island and wound up back in Queens before moving to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in 1990. 

 

I have had many varying jobs that have provided me glimpses of various lifestyles. One of my favorite jobs was that of a bicycle messenger in Manhattan! While cycling around the mad rush of cars and buses I wound up walking past Dustin Hoffman while he was filming “Kramer vs Kramer, and literally bumping into John Belushi as he was getting into an elevator! But I spent the longest with the New York City Transit Authority as a subway clerk - now called “agents” for 11 years. It was there that I met a new supervisor in 1985 who shortly became my husband in 1986 - we’ve been married ever since!

 

When our first son was born in 1993, I resigned and became a stay at home mom. After his brother was born in 1995 I morphed into a homeschooling mom and continued from high chair to high school.

 

All of that time I now know that I was being watched by God, but I didn’t know Him. So after almost 40 years of what I call my “wilderness wanderings”, I became a child of God on November 13, 1998. Those “wild days” were devoid of a father figure and caused me to try to fill the God shaped hole in my heart in any manner possible. The things I did were less than godly and by age 25 I had had multiple abortions.

But God…But God had never forsaken me. The man I had met was a godly man.

I made my profession of faith in 1998, at our current home church, Cornerstone Community Church in Kunkletown, PA. During the years since then, the entire family has served faithfully in one capacity or another. I sat at the children’s table and taught Sunday School for over 17 years. That was the best Christian education an old-new Christian could have! Discerning the Word of God so as to teach third and fourth grade students was like Thanksgiving at the children’s table. The food was the same, but the portions were smaller and the table setting was devoid of unnecessary distractions.  Being on fire for the Lord, I also became a Children’s Church volunteer, and Vacation Bible School coordinator. I then moved on to become the Women’s Ministry leader and Bible teacher.

The seed of God’s plan for me to speak to women was planted while attending a Women of Faith Conference in Philadelphia early in my Christian walk. It took a few years before the seed began to sprout as I learned more, grew in my faith and believe it or not, overcame the fear of public speaking. I was surprised by an invitation from the Women’s Ministry leader at the time to speak at an upcoming event on Friendship. From that humble beginning other invitations came from my home church, followed by requests to speak at other churches and events in the area.

 

But God...But God had planted another seed in my heart. Recognizing that God never wastes a hurt, I always knew that God wanted to use my abortion experiences for His glory by ministering to other women. 

 

In 2018 I began Peer Counseling Training at the Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos and also completed the “Forgiven and Set Free” Bible study for post abortive women. I continue to volunteer at the Center weekly as a peer counselor and as an after abortion Bible study facilitator.

 

During the summer of 2021, I attended the Psalm 51 Ministry’s Heart Helpers training. This was an opportunity to experience spiritual surgery and to be able to help traumatized women break free from the shackles of shame and find the love of Our Heavenly Father!

​​I speak on all topics and you may hear samples from previous presentations and see a description of some of my favorites on the General Topics page.

 

My OuttaTheWoodsIntoTheLight ministry is directed specifically for the wounded woman. On that page you can hear the brief testimony I gave at the 2018 Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos' annual fundraising banquet and the testimony I gave for Issues4Life.org that specifically speaks of God's healing, forgiveness and redemption.

 

I would love to connect with you and provide a time of encouragement and Biblically led fellowship and teaching. 

 

To God be the Glory!

Peace,

Saundra

- Fred Jacoby, MA-Executive Director of Foundations Christian Counseling and Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

I've known Saundra Woods for 20 years now, her spiritual maturity, insights, love for God's people, and entertaining humor is evident in her serving in church and as a speaker. Her message is God-inspired, Truth-driven, and touches the hearts of those who hear.